Christian Roldan has just tweeted that he’s leaving the University of Washington soccer program to make himself available to MLS (Major League Soccer.) He has reportedly signed with the league via Generation adidas.
While Roldan may not be the biggest player on the field most of the time he uses his physical skills to help him even be a threat in the air. He has the ability to get around defenders or even out jump them thanks to his athletic ability which just adds another threat to his game. He even managed to get on the end of some crosses for goals during the part two NCAA seasons. —Dave Rowaan
The speculation had been that Roldan would leave, but it is now official.
MLS courted Roldan a year ago after a strong (5 goals, 7 assists) season that saw him help the Huskies to the NCAA quarterfinals—the best showing in program history. He was also named Soccer America’s Freshman of the Year and earned a call-up to Tab Ramos’ U.S. U-20 national team. —American Soccer Now
Cristian Roldan was the Soccer America and Pac-12 freshman of the year whose seven goals and five assists helped lead the University of Washington to the NCAA quarterfinals. He had recently gotten called up to a camp with the under-20 United States national team. But when MLS came calling with a Generation Adidas contract last January, he hesitated. “Last year, I wasn’t ready,” Roldan said. In the wake of his strong performance for the Portland Timbers U-23 squad against the MLS Homegrown team alongside Huskies teammates James Moberg and Andy Thoma, that may be changing. “I do believe that I can now play on that (MLS Homegrown) side,” he said. “I’m confident enough.” —Seattle Times, August 5, 2014.